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National Museum of Rural Life
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Owner description: Discover how 300 years of farming and rural home life have shaped and altered Scotland's countryside. Tour the period farmhouse for a sense of what living on a farm was really like more than 50 years ago, and meet the animals on the historic working farm: Ayrshire cows, Tamworth pigs, Scots dumpy hens, black-faced sheep and Clydesdale horses.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

I've passed by this museum many times, never sure as to whether it would be my cup of tea, how wrong I was...we decided to visit here when our friends were visiting us from England, one of them works in agriculture so I thought he might quite like it...wrong again, he thought it was fantastic. I found this museum very interesting from start to finish and was delighted to see new born lambs on the farm. my friends also had a great time and in particular were amazed at the collections of tractors and equipment....in short, I would certainly recommend this museum....

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Tons to see and do for everyone.
Farming equipment, stories, clothes, a tractor ride to go on, newborn calves to pet if you go at the right time, and even an igloo for kids to have their picnic in.
I live locally and only wish they'd stop locking their gates and let me use the shortcut to morrisons in the evenings!

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Reviewed May 25, 2013

Wasn't sure exactly what to expect, being familiar with the Edinburgh-based National Museum of Scotland and National War Museum at Edinburgh Castle.

Was well impressed by the Museum building itself, very clearly laid out - by contrast with Edinburgh's National Museum - with galleries set along a descending ramp. The displays are very clearly set up and informative, with models of the living farm attached to the museum used as the backbone to understand the transformation of the countryside since the late 1600s to the 21st century, with well-prepared interactives.

The farm itself is a 10-min walk from the museum, or there is a rustic shuttle every half hour to reach the farm effortlessly.

The farm is nice and interesting with this opportunity to see a complete 1950s interior and a working farm.

If you want to enjoy the museum cafe, get your museum tickets first to enjoy a 5% discount at the cafe.

Well recommended overall.

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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Loads to see, wear flat shoes. And wellies for the farm. Book your tractor ride to farm. The tractor ride can be abit jolting so if any seniors with you, you can take your own car to farm, just let reception know and they will phone ahead so someone will open the gate for you at the farm. Our guide at farm was very good. We didn't stay for milking of the cows at 3pm as we had a elderly person with us and there is alot of walking involved with the museum and the farm. You can easily spend hours here no problem. Bring a camera, as you can take pictures anywhere. Childrens playarea outside.

1  Thank showbiz67
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

The Museum itself is full of machinery, and other exhibits of various aspects of rural life and the (working) farm is great to visit. Its has been kept more or less as it was when the property was given to the museum. Apart from the animals themselves there is the farmhouse to see which is also furnished and maintained as the farmers' family left it. This place is great for children, families, schools, in fact people of all ages to explore. There is even a tractor to take you to the farm and if you don't mind the shaky old trailer its well worth doing. The cafe serves good "snack" food and drinks and there are picnic tables scattered throughout the vast grounds. There is also a play area available. You could easily spend the whole day here if you wish.Walking boots or wellies would no doubt come in handy!!

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